RuPaul’s empire is expanding. On Tuesday, the Emmy-winning TV host and drag queen announced that his flagship franchise, RuPaul’s Drag Race, has inspired a spinoff series with all celebrity guest competitors, titled RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race. The show will launch in 2020.
“Doing drag does not change who you are, it reveals who you are,” Ru said in a press release. “I can’t wait for the world to see what happens when our celebrity contestants get all up in drags!”
Each episode of the show will revolve around three celebrity guests who undergo a drag transformation, aided by Drag Race alumni like: Alyssa Edwards, Asia O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity the Tuck, Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. The celebrities will compete for the holy title of America’s Next Celebrity Drag Superstar as well as prize money, which will be donated to the charity of their choice.
RuPaul’s Drag Race has featured a slew of famous celebrity guest judges ever since it launched in 2009. Past celebrity guests have included Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Lizzo, and Marc Jacobs. There have also been special cameos from a number of celebrated figures, including a surprising appearance from Nancy Pelosi in 2018, who used her time on the show to encourage people to vote.
RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race is the latest spinoff from the popular drag series. There is also an All Stars edition of the show, which sees past queens reunite and compete against each other, and the short-lived Drag U, which saw queens give drag makeovers to women. There are also one-off holiday specials and two drag conventions in New York and Los Angeles that further extend the Runiverse. The core series has been a cultural phenomenon, moving from original network Logo to VH1 in 2017 and hitting a new ratings high the following year. The show has won 13 Emmys, including best reality competition series and best host (for RuPaul) this past September.
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